June 18, 1896
“Mr. G.W. Peck, a wealthy citizen of Cleveland, Ohio, who spends his winters in Asheville and has considerable property in that city, has set wealthy North Carolinians a worthy example,” read an item printed in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat, running under a byline attributing the news to the Asheville Citizen. “He made the offer yesterday of two thousand dollars for a monument to the late Senator Vance. The only condition in the offer,” reported the story, “was that the location of the statue should be in front of the county court house. It is useless to add,” added the text, “that the commissioners accepted this generous offer.”
June 17, 1926
“Daniel Boone Hotel is Mecca for Newlyweds,” proclaimed a headline on the front page of this week’s newspaper. “’The Honeymoon Hotel’ is the name given to the Daniel Boone hostelry in an article by L.J. Hampton, staff correspondent of the Winston-Salem Journal in last Sunday’s edition,” reported the feature. “It seems that the reporter has well named the place for during the past week five recently wedded couples registered there for brief sojourns.” The article continued with brief biographical sketches of the recently vacationing couples. Concluded the story, “(m)anager Vaughn is conducting a first class hotel and these honeymoon couples were quick to realize the fact. They are loud in their praise of Boone’s fine new hotel and the excellent attention they received and will doubtless enjoy many more trips to this scenic part of (the) northwestern Carolina mountains.”
An article beneath a dateline of “Paris, June 15” reported, “Premier Briand and his entire cabinet resigned today. This was the fourth French government and the eighth French minister of finance to fall by reason of the financial difficulties born of the war. It was Briand’s ninth cabinet.”
June 16, 1955
“Mountain Folk Dominate Cast of ‘Horn’ Says Kai Jurgensen,” read a banner headline on this week’s front page, with a subheading announcing, “Boone People, College Grads Are Favored.” The text of the article related that, “Horn in the West, an outdoor show that is often called ‘an expression of highland people,’ has a staff and cast this season made up of more than half mountain residents. Kal Jurgensen, director, calls Horn in the West the ‘most local show’ in the outdoor drama circuit. The speaking parts, he points out, are assigned chiefly to Boone people or those who have attended the Appalachian State Teachers College here.”
In other news, “First Wool Pool Brings $15,826” reported that, “(t)he Watauga Wool Pool purchased 30,479 pounds of wool last Wednesday and sold it to Fred Whitaker Company, Ridge Avenue and Scotts Lane, Philadelphia, Pa., for a total of $15,826.94.” The wool sold was described in subdivisions of “Clear,” “Light burry,” “Heavy burry,” “Black and dead,” “Lamb’s wool,” and “Tags.” James H. Caldwell, “agent for the purchasing company, supervised the weighing of the wool,” noted the article.
1958 advertisements from the Watauga Democrat newspaper of Boone, North Carolina.